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Tuesday, May 01, 2007
 
It’s Hard Out There For A Pimp
by Cordeiro
Beware the Ides of May.

Yes, I know many Shakespearian scholars’ eyes just rolled all the way back in their collective head, but since this is my blog I reserve the right of poetic license – even with the Bard.

I’m not a big fan of Brian Ross or his “Investigative Team” at ABCNews’ Blotter. The Blotter crew seems intent on digging up as much dirt on Washington as is humanly and cybernetically possible. They’ve learned (thanks to Mark Foley’s antics) that salacious sex stories attract eyeballs. Jeane Palfrey, now known infamously as the “DC Madam”, knows the value of sex all too well and now that she’s been pinched by the Feds, she’s decided pimping Brian Ross & Company might help her in the long run.

As long as DC is airing its filthy laundry on the Blotter, let’s call Palfrey what she really is. The title of “Madam” implies an air of dignity and grace which doesn’t apply to Palfrey. Palfrey is little more than a Pimp.

She’s hoping that naming clients’ names and phone numbers will get the Feds to cut her some slack – if in fact she can embarrass enough of DC’s power players. Brain Ross and the Blotter Crew are in this strictly for a ratings boost during Sweeps Week. Why else would anyone with a DVD player watch 20/20?

I don’t know Jeane Palfrey. My name is not on her list. Having said that, I’m comfortable in also stating that I have no interest in knowing who made use of her services. If she did run a high-class prostitution ring, then she violated the law and she’ll do the time. The federal beast has little respect for who it runs over. Ask Scooter Libby.

So I guess there is truth to the lyrics of the 2007Academy Award winning song “It’s Hard Out There For A Pimp”. Palfrey is going down – just how far and how fast has yet to be determined.

Somehow during the unfolding of this – yet another manufactured DC scandal – Brian Ross became judge, jury, and proverbial executioner of the names on this list. Whom will he mention? Whom will he protect? Will he use the names on the list to further his journalistic agenda and his career?

Some of this we might find out. Most of it we won’t. I guess the only question I’d like the answer to is this: Hey Brian! How does it feel to be pimped?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Here endeth the lesson.
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